In the early 20th-c every literate person could be familiar with the
Dreyfuss case, an anti-semtic prosecution that had nearly led to civil war
I make this point to underline the fact that intelligent people did not have
to wait for Hitler's holocaust to recognize that even parlor-anti-semitism
was a real danger to civilized society. Casual ant-semitic remarks in
cultured circles killed people.
Historical justification of what we disapprove of today requires at least
being a decent historian: you have to have some minimal understanding of
history in order to know what was, in any fundamental way, a "given" of a
particular society and what was as contemptible in that society as it is
Anti-semitism has in fact _always_ been condemned by decent people. Read
Boccaccio. One of his better stories features a Jew as hero.
Eliot's anti-semitism, which is undeniable, is, of course, only one factor
and not a major one in understanding his poetry. But CR & obviously have no
interest in understanding the poetry, so that is irrelevant to this
discussion, the real topic of which is the slimy racism of P & Cr